Comment 1YC Re: GSM = Useless in Most of the US


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GSM = Useless in Most of the US (Score: 1, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-28 10:51 (#1XQ)

It's hard enough getting a decent CDMA data signal in most places (Sprint sucks balls), but deploying a flagship GSM-only phone for the US market is ridiculous.

Also, who the hell is this "T2Mobile" they plug throughout the release?

Re: GSM = Useless in Most of the US (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-28 18:32 (#1Y7)

I don't know how you came to the conclusion that GSM is useless in most of the US. I've mostly lived in the south east and midwest of the country. GSM seemed to be in the majoriy every where I went. at&t is a pretty big carrier, and tmobile seems to be growing fast, due to cut rate prices. Maybe you have different experiences in different places.

In any case, this sounds like a developer phone, rather than a mass market phone to be sold in the retail stores. If you're a developer interested in firefox os, then this is the phone for you. You'll have to us GSM as its the platform used by most of the world that mozilla is targeting with firefox os.

Re: GSM = Useless in Most of the US (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-28 20:48 (#1YB)

In the Northeast GSM is pretty bad and I understand it's not much better in parts of CA.

I wish it weren't so, but Verizon really did build out the best network on this continent. CDMA rightly belongs on history's dustheap, but that's not gonna happen for a while yet.

Re: GSM = Useless in Most of the US (Score: 2, Funny)

by on 2014-05-28 21:46 (#1YC)

Conversations often go like this:

Person A: I need a new phone, thinking of a iphone 5s.
Person B: Why not give the nexus 5 a try?
Person A: Well, I have Verizon....
Everyone else in earshot: Oohh... Sorry about that. {Everyone akwardly looks around to avoid eye contact with the unfortunate soul, as Person A despretly seeks eye contact from someone to let him know that everything will be ok.}


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